Policy & Practice

A professional journal publishing articles on current health and human services issues for wide audience. Coverage includes social policy issues, reports of significant works of human service practitioners, social work theory and legislation, and editoria

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 2, April

2013 Affiliate Presidents' Council
The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) draws its strength through the depth of expertise and experience found in its affiliates. Representing specialized programs and professions, APHSA affiliates are fundamental building blocks to...
Bridging the Divide
America's Immigrants, Immigration Reform, and What They Mean for StatesSince last November's election and an apparently renewed congressional willingness to return to immigration reform, policymakers and policy wonks have been overwhelmed by print articles,...
Bridging the Divide: America's Immigrants, Immigration Reform, and What They Mean for States
Since last November's election and an apparently renewed congressional willingness to return to immigration reform, policymakers and policy wonks have been overwhelmed by print articles, broadcasts, and no doubt YouTube and Twitter, about the relative...
Creating Communities That Support Healthy Aging
January 1, 2011: The day the "baby boomers" began turning 65. It marked the symbolic beginning of the greatest demographic shift in our nation's history--a shift that will see one of every five Americans being 65 years of age or older by January...
Family Support Program Improves Children's Lives and Strengthens Families in Albemarle County
The Family Support Program in Albemarle County, VA, has served an average of 164 children each year since its launch in 1998, providing services to support children's growth and development, strengthen families, and promote school success through collaboration...
In Pursuit of Adaptive Leaders at All Levels
Over the past year, we've spent some time thinking about the application of "adaptive leadership," as originally developed by Professor Ron Heifetz, (1) to the challenges facing public-sector leaders in health and human services. Since we first wrote...
Newsmakers
State and Local AgenciesCALIFORNIAKathy M. Gallagher, former director of the Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services, is now the social services director at the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department.Margarita "Peggy"...
No Man's Land
Too old to hire, too young to retire.This is how many older American workers today feel - trapped in a stagnant or downward economic situation as a result of their age and a shifting economic landscape beyond their control. While the Great Recession...
No Man's Land: Too Old to Hire, Too Young to Retire
This is how many older American workers today feel--trapped in a stagnant or downward economic situation as a result of their age and a shifting economic landscape beyond their control. While the Great Recession devastated the employment and economic...
Past Performance Is No Guarantee
Forecasting is a pretty tough business. I write this as I sit at home waiting for a late winter snowstorm that was supposed to come but turned out, at least in the city of Washington, DC, to be something a lot less treacherous than predicted. Because...
Poverty among Seniors Getting Harder to Ignore
The gap between what seniors need to live on versus whatthey have might land squarely on state and local governments.If you are a senior citizen in Seminole County, FL, you might consider yourself lucky. The county is home to the Seniors Intervention...
Poverty among Seniors Getting Harder to Ignore: The Gap between What Seniors Need to Live on versus What They Have Might Land Squarely on State and Local Governments
If you are a senior citizen in Seminole County, FL, you might consider yourself lucky. The county is home to the Seniors Intervention Group, a coalition of not-for-profit organizations and businesses dedicated to ensuring that the county's older population...
The 113th Congress: New and Different as America
Every ten years the United States conducts a census to take a snapshot of America. One of the most important pieces of information gathered in the census is how the population has shifted from one state to another. We know, for example, that our country...
The Growing Concern of Elder Abuse
Public human services departments with adult protective services responsibilities are taking note: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, "the population age 65 is expected to more than double between 2012 and 2060, from 43.1 million to 92 million. The...
The Next Generation of Casework
As I reflect on the past 17 years spent helping government agencies modernize health and human services IT systems and digest the recent advancements in social and mobile technology, it seems to be clear that the next generation of casework will rely...
The United States of Changing Demographics
The United States has seen a copious amount of change in the 21st century. Ten years ago, the country was still recovering from the aftermath of one of the worst attacks on domestic soil in history, had just begun another war, and had a thriving economy....
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